Kyle Shanahan: I’d be surprised if George Kittle doesn’t play

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It looks like 49ers tight end George Kittle will be making his 2022 debut on Sunday night.

Kittle has missed the first two games of the year with a groin injury, but he returned to practice last week and has taken part in the team’s first two workouts this week. During an appearance on KNBR Friday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t guarantee anything but he did say the expectation is that Kittle will be in the lineup against the Broncos.

“I’d be surprised if he doesn’t play,” Shanahan said, via

Having Kittle would be a big plus for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in his return to a starting role and it would make life more difficult for the Broncos in the meeting of 1-1 teams.

8 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: I’d be surprised if George Kittle doesn’t play

  1. With that O-line I can guarantee you Kittle will be left in to block at least 75% of the time. It’s a waste of money and talent how Shanahan uses him really.

  2. Waste of money? Dude can’t stay on the field for more than a few weeks at a time. Dudes made out of glass.

  3. Of course Kittle is going to play with his security blanket Jimmy G now back at the helm.

    Never a doubt.

  4. Kittle may be tougher than every commenter on this site, but it is still an issue if it is more surprising that an NFL player actually plays than if he sits out injured. Bud Grant always said one of the most desired “talents” of his player was the ability to either avoid injury or play through them. Kittle is an awesome player, but he clearly lacks that talent.

  5. Even with kittle missing games, he still has averaged 900 receiving yards per year over the last 5 years. He also helped the Niners to two NFC Championship games and one1 super bowl in the last 3 years.

    Even missing games, Kittle is better than most offensive players. 2 years ALL Pro…3 years Pro Bowl. Not too shabby.

  6. I’d be surprised if Street Clothes doesn’t injure himself suiting up and I would be really surprised if Shanahan didn’t find a way to give the game away in the 4th quarter with questionable play calls.

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